The Village News & Views May 24, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All
Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 125 of the Resistance and another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread for your reading, viewing and commenting.
We live in an age of unexpected, sudden violence.
I wish it were not so, and I know that everyone reading this wishes the same. For the youngest among us, they have never known anything else. For the older of us, there is still and always will be a sudden sick shock and a feeling of incomprehension about why, about how the world we remember became the world we live in now.
Those of my generation were alive when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered on a hotel balcony. When Robert Kennedy was shot while trying to bring our country back some hope.
Those were shocking enough and we believed that we understood that we were living in a generation surviving a national trauma.
But nothing prepared us for Columbine.
I’m not going to list off all the disasters and shootings and murders, to do so would be to disrespect them all. Each deserves its own consideration, recognition and mourning. Each is an anniversary written in sorrow and loss that will never completely heal.
President Barack Obama became the inheritor of an excruciating legacy when he was called to comfort the families of Sandy Hook. And again, disbelieving, we thought we had lived to see the worst in our lifetimes.
How can we bear up?
How do we face each new horror, and how to we give each past tragedy its due?
Perhaps we can’t, perhaps it isn’t possible. It can become all too easy to turn away, to close ourselves off from the pain, to measure how much we allow ourselves to care based on how geographically close was the latest attack, or whether we knew someone who was there, or know someone who knew… If not, we may let it drift away from our thoughts, an understandable and perhaps needful generation of ever so thin scar tissue that settles layer upon layer until we don’t even realize the distance we have created.
If you need that distance, please take it. We have to preserve our own sanity, to choose our battles, to pick our focus. We have to, because no one can do it for you. Not friend or parent or pastor or political figure.
Know when to look away. When to step back.
But… if you find a little strength… for a moment, don’t look away.
Look past the horror if you can, take a deep breath to get past the loss, to endure the empathy.
And see the people. The broken-hearted, the brave, the scared, the trembling. If you let yourself look, and listen, and care, that is the only thing you can really do, sometimes. When you can do more, of course, do it.
But when you feel helpless… look and see what you can – the people. Listen to the stories you can bear. Accept the grief because maybe you can carry just a little of it. That gift may be yours to give. The gift that someone heard and someone saw and did not move right away.
I wasn’t going to make today’s post about the Manchester bombing, because surely by Wednesday, the terror that happened on Monday would be old news.
And then I caught myself thinking that. Maybe not as nakedly as I’ve said just now, but in essence.
Resistance has to be more than protests, more than phone calls and texts, more than marching, more than tweeting…
Resistance must be about resisting a colder world. Resisting hate, yes, but also resisting the dilution of love by numbness.
I promise cat tweets and other stuff at the end, so feel free to skip to that if you need to, but for a moment, I want to look.
I’ve chosen the Guardian for news links.
— Momentary Grace 🌈🎸🏹🐾🐈⬛🌙🦇🌊😷🍨 (@momentarygrace) May 23, 2017
— Tom Maguire (@TomCMaguire) May 23, 2017
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 23, 2017
— Sam Sparkes 🚔 (@samsparkes999) May 23, 2017
Candles are burning in Liverpool city centre tonight for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack pic.twitter.com/jdJSPO6nbL
— BBC Radio Merseyside (@bbcmerseyside) May 23, 2017
This shows that Manchester will stand together against what happened last night. Love is stronger than hate. Please RT. pic.twitter.com/08AvNUnjUR
— Love Entertainment (@LoveShowbiz_) May 23, 2017
'Choose love, Manchester.' pic.twitter.com/lSCuqjM06i
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) May 23, 2017
Praying for the beautiful souls we lost, their families and loved ones, for the survivors who will forever be impacted by this #Manchester
— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 23, 2017
Men like AJ. Working his taxi free of charge through the night in Manchester. A beautiful soul. pic.twitter.com/0QG9Z2bxY9
— Jason Michael (@Jeggit) May 23, 2017
— Jason Cowley (@JasonCowleyNS) May 23, 2017
Our hearts go out to those killed and wounded in Manchester. Americans will always stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of the UK.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 23, 2017
Outraged & angry about this cowardly terror attack on a crowd of young people. Sending sympathy & strength to victims & people of Manchester
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 23, 2017
‘Cause if the water dries up, and the moon stops shining
Stars fall, and the world goes blind
Boy, you know I’ll be saving my love for you,
Best Mistake – Writer(s): Sean Michael Anderson, Dwane Weir, Denisia Andrews, Ariana Grande, Brittany Coney, Anderson Sean Michael
WTFJH yesterday… Day 124: Cuts for the poor.
(Former Villager) Aphra Behn at Shakesville… Bernie Sanders, Underpants Gnome of Revolution
We have a POTUS who believes ISIS is intimidated by the word "losers." Magical words will save us all! What an idiot. #Manchester
— Dem Texas Girls 😷 (@TexDem16) May 23, 2017
Every day we should be thankful we didn't end up with an "unlikable" president. Because how awful would that have been? pic.twitter.com/peh3NnqsIA
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) May 24, 2017
— Propane Jane™ (@docrocktex26) May 24, 2017
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 24, 2017
Signing our pledge: we're going to keep fighting until we have healthcare for all! pic.twitter.com/qFSFVcPlDD
— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) May 24, 2017
Congrats Rep-elect Edie DesMarais on winning the special election in New Hampshire HD-06 (Carroll) and flipping the seat from red to blue! pic.twitter.com/sdyWdxLkVa
— Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (@DLCC) May 24, 2017
This is the passage from my essay HRC just quoted in her keynote speech pic.twitter.com/yUuLOGCf21
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) May 24, 2017
Very sad to know that Sir Roger Moore died today. Good bye Sir Ivanhoë, The Saint, Lord Brett Sinclair, 007 and my chilhood and adolescence. pic.twitter.com/5AWrNV1ogY
— Luis Ferrera (@lcbernalo) May 23, 2017
— Quad Finn (@Quad_Finn) May 23, 2017
R.I.P. Roger Moore pic.twitter.com/xds1nWcjGM
— Compassion 4 Animals (@AmyRoseKathryn) May 23, 2017
Kitten love…🐱🐱🐱 pic.twitter.com/Dg2Ti4Nutg
— Cats and Kittens (@catsnkittys) May 23, 2017
Thank you for your patience. Love and peace, Village! Enjoy your Wednesday gathering.
We are #StrongerTogether
We are #TheResistance and #WePersist
All are welcome!